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Charlotte shooting: Four officers shot dead, four wounded, in North Carolina home siege

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Four law enforcement officers were shot and killed and four others were injured while executing an arrest warrant in Charlotte, North Carolina, officials say.

At least one suspected attacker was found dead in the yard of a barricaded house after a confrontation that lasted three hours, police said.

Authorities said two armed suspects were involved.

It was one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. law enforcement in decades.

The agents were part of a task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service that was attempting to execute an arrest warrant Monday for a felon wanted for illegal possession of a firearm when gunfire erupted in the street suburban.

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Officers returned fire at an attacker in the front yard, then more shots were fired at them from inside the home, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings said during a press conference. A high-powered rifle was found inside the property, he added.

“Today we lost heroes who were simply trying to keep our community safe,” the police chief told reporters.

He said it was the worst attack on police officers he could remember in his 30 years in law enforcement.

Gunshots were still ringing out more than two hours after the attack began in a residential area in the east of the city, according to witnesses.

The assault ended when police stormed the house on Galway Drive in the Shannon Park area, using armored vehicles to force their way through, destroying windows and doors.

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Two other people – a woman and a 17-year-old boy – who were inside the home with a suspect were questioned, police said. At least one is believed to have shot at police officers.

The US Marshals Service confirmed in a statement that one of its officers was killed during the raid.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said two of the officers killed were members of the state’s Department of Adult Corrections.

“Our thoughts are with the families and colleagues of the police officers who were victims of today’s brutal attack,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer Joshua Eyer, who had served on the force for six years, was also killed, police said.

“We are forever indebted to Officer Eyer for his courage and ultimate sacrifice,” a police statement said.

Chief Jennings said Monday afternoon, “A lot of questions that need to be answered, we don’t even know what those questions are right now.

“We need to fully understand why this happened and also maintain the integrity of the investigation.”

Several nearby schools were closed during the siege.

Residents were asked to shelter in place and nearby streets – including Interstate 77 – were closed to facilitate ambulance rescues.

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Witness Tyler Wilson told CBS News he was working at the house when he heard police yelling at the suspect to get out of the house.

“After that it was just chaos,” he said. “There were gunshots left and right.

“We had Swat, and the US Marshals set up snipers in our rooms. There was an officer who was dragged by his arms through our house.”

“It’s been pretty crazy,” he continued. “It lasted about 30 minutes and it was a back-to-back shootout.”

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said he spoke to President Joe Biden, who offered his condolences to the community.

The mayor said in a statement that she was “deeply saddened” by the shooting.

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